The New York Islanders know what it means to play away from house for a very long time. They spent practically two months in Canada for the 2020 playoff bubble — reaching the Eastern Conference finals — after the pandemic disrupted the season.

They now face the a record-setting stretch with no house recreation: The Islanders will start the season with 13 straight road games whereas development of their sparkling new UBS Arena is accomplished. It is the second-longest road journey in NHL historical past — Vancouver had 14 in a row throughout the 2009-10 season, however that included the NHL’s Olympic break — and the longest to open a season.

“The goal stays the same,” ahead Anthony Beauvillier mentioned. “We want to get to the Stanley Cup, we want to get to the playoffs. Those are the times where you make memories, those are the times you remember so we definitely want to go back to where we were last year. It’s exciting, just the season for us and our fans, new building. … Everyone is looking forward to it and we can’t wait to get it going.”

At least the Isles’ know they’ll have a raucous welcome subsequent month after they return house to the world subsequent to Belmont Park, only a half-hour drive down the Jericho Turnpike from Nassau Coliseum: Season tickets for Year One at UBS Arena are sold out.